Jetty Island, a true delight, opens July 5
EVERETT — Get ready for some fun in the sun – Jetty Island will officially open on July 5.
Jetty Island, a manmade island located just west of the Port of Everett, features miles of shallow beaches and nature trails. It was created with sediment deposited by the Snohoimsh River. There is no plumbing or electricity on the island, making it seem untouched.
Many birds roost on the island, and visitors enjoy learning about the local ecosystem and wildlife preservation.
The first ferry leaves the Jetty Landing, located at 10th Street and West Marine View Drive, every day at 10 a.m. On Friday and Saturday, the final ferry returns at 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, the ferry returns at 6 p.m. and on Sundays the latest ferry returns at 7 p.m.
“There’s always something to do,” lead park ranger Barry Martin said. “About 80 percent of people like to go to the west side and play in the water to see the Olympics and Whidbey Island.”
There are small events on the island every day, such as nature walks, wildflower walks and mudflat safaris. The Pirate’s Treasure Hunt, on July 12 starting at 11:30 a.m., is a popular event where the Pirates of the Puget Sound storm the Jetty and put on a treasure hunt. The Fresh Paint Float Find, on August 16 starting at 10:30 a.m., allows kids to find floats hidden all over the island by Fresh Paint’s organizers.
“If you can’t come that day, you can sometimes find them even a week or so later,” Martin said.
Once you board the ferry, it’s a 3-minute ride to get to the island.
“It’s a fabulous time to get away and play in the water,” Martin said. “It’s pretty shallow, so it’s a safe water play environment.”
The island is very popular, so making a reservation is recommended. Martin said if you show up without a reservation, you might wait an hour or two before you can board the ferry, especially on a nice day. In the past, up to 1,500 people have been on the island in one day.
Alcohol, pets and glass containers are not allowed on Jetty Island. There are no lifeguards, so swimming is only permitted on the west shore, which is the shallow shore. Overnight camping is not allowed. Campfires may only be built in designated areas.
To make a reservation, call 425-257-8304 at least 48 hours before you plan on taking the ferry. If you are coming from outside the city of Everett, you must have at least 8 people in your party to make a reservation.
Parking at the port costs $3.
The ferry closes on rainy days, so you can call the above number if you have any doubts about your reserved ferry trip.